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Teenager killed in fresh Kashmir violence

Melinda Barton | 01 September, 2016, 13:34

Reports said that in Eidgah, scores of youth took to streets and erected temporary barricades on roads in this morning and were not allowing any vehicle to pass through the road.

At the same time, he slammed "those people who push small children to try to create unrest in Kashmir", saying "some day, they will have to give answers to these innocent children".

Besides clashes, a complete shutdown was observed in central Kashmir.

Schools and businesses remained closed and many streets in Srinagar were largely deserted as troops in riot gear patrolled on foot. On Monday, curfew has been lifted in many parts of Jammu and Kashmir, but hospitals are witnessing a steep rise in the number of pellet victims who are battling serious injuries.

Protests and stone-pelting incidents were reported from different parts of the Valley in which more than 100 people are said to have suffered injuries. The participants were carrying banners with anti-India and pro-freedom messages.

Kashmir is split between India and Pakistan along a UN-monitored line of control, but both claim it in full and have fought two wars over its control.

Police sources said protesters torched the residential house of PDP Rajya Sabha member Nazir Ahmed Lawey at Hanad Chawalgam village of South Kashmir's Kulgam district. The army opened fire as the protestors refused to disperse after tear smoke shells and pellets were fired at them.

In Shopian, thousands of people organized a rally in Wantoo village despite the ransacking of the rally venue by the Indian forces. Groups of youngsters are going door to door to collect money, rice and other food items from people who could afford to part with these, while another group was carrying out a "survey" of households that were in need of basic supplies or were living in hand-to-mouth conditions, reported the daily.

At least 10 persons were injured after Army and CRPF jointly thrashed protesters.

Widening its probe into suspected terror funds, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Naeem Geelani, elder son of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for recording his statement in connection with a preliminary enquiry registered by the probe agency.

Meanwhile, a peaceful protest was staged in Hathlangoo area of Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.

A teenager was shot dead in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Wednesday as thousands of protesters engaged in fresh clashes with security forces after weeks of deadly violence, police and witnesses said. Locals said he was aged 18.